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Is your slideout groaning?

When you operate your slide room is it slow, sluggish, bouncy, and/or GROANING? If so, than there are some steps you can take to correct the problem.

A slow or noisy slideout can be caused by a number of factors, including low 12 VDC power, lack of slide mechanism lubrication and maintenance, misadjusted slide or broken room or slide mechanism components. Here are a couple of quick things to check:

  • 12VDC Power- Make sure your 12 VDC system is working properly, and that you have a fully charged good quality battery hooked up to the coach before operating the slides. Do NOT operate the slides on just the converter – you’ll burn it out. If it doesn’t work at all, check for +12 VDC at the motor; it’s possible that the circuit breaker for the motor has tripped!
  • Lubrication and Maintenance- If you have a rack and pinion slide mechanism under your slide room (mechanism and gears visible under slide room from outside the coach) make sure the system stays clean and lubricated. If it has deteriorated a lot and has a rusted surface, a rust dissolving penetrant like PB Blaster can be used initially to free up the system, followed by a dry lube like graphite, or a product like Protect-All Slideout Lubricant. Don’t use oils or greases that will attract dirt which will cause the system to malfunction over time. There are different types of mechanisms out there, so check your RV’s owner’s packet for lubrication and maintenance instructions for your particular systems.
  • Misadjusted slide or broken parts- Occasionally as the coach bounces down the road the slideout can fall out of adjustment with certain types of slideout rooms. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adjusting the room. Obviously if parts have broken they will require repair.

Do yourself a favor and review the emergency room retraction procedures for your coach before using the coach for the first time and once a season thereafter. This way if the system fails during a trip you know how to operate it quickly and get back on the road!

If you have a Lippert Components slide mechanism, or just want to know more about them, visit Lippert University’s YouTube channel at:

About Chris Dougherty

Christopher Dougherty, "The RV Medic", offers service advice and maintenance tips. Dougherty is a certified technician who has written for several other RV publications in the past. He also serves as a consultant to the RV Industry Association and other RV groups on service-related issues.

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